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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood


作者  /  Oliver Sacks

出版社 / PICADOR

出版日期 / 2012/05/10

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$550

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在文藝復興時期,歐洲(特別是義大利)突然之間發了狂似的,出現了米開朗基羅、達文西這類通曉藝術、科學、文學的十項全能。於是,「文藝復興人」遂成了西方文明的理想,而在每個時代,也總有少數秀異之士,能兼善數種藝事,奧立佛.薩克斯(Oliver Sacks)顯然是其中之一。

他是傑出的神經科學家,也是深具魅力的作者,透過《錯把帽子當太太的人》、《睡人》、《色盲島》、《火星上的人類學家》等數十本書,薩克斯每每帶領讀者走入病態的世界,但是那個病態在他的筆下,卻是充滿了奇異的光輝,引人好奇,意欲一探究竟。奧妙的是,讀者走入薩克斯所呈現的世界之後,並不覺得薩克斯是從「正常」的眼光來看待「病態」。每一種病態,都是生命難以承受之重,但也是一種福佑。據說薩克斯長年為偏頭痛所苦,這或許時時提醒他,避免身為醫者的傲慢,以更細膩、同情的眼光看待人類的不幸。而薩克斯也的確有煉金師般的本事,能化平凡為神奇。這番本事從他的自傳《鎢絲舅舅》的書名不難察覺。

薩克斯從小就著迷於種種的金屬,他巧妙地由他對化學的熱愛,娓娓道出他在倫敦的童年,與李維《週期表》有異曲同工之妙,但沒有李維那股憂鬱的氣味,充滿了幽默與懷舊。

本書中文書介出自<<鎢絲舅舅>>時報文化出版


‘If you did not think that gallium and iridium could move you, this superb book will change your mind’ The Times

In Uncle Tungsten Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy’s adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

‘This book is both a heartwarming account of a delightful, eccentric family life and an inspiring record of a remarkable intellectual odyssey’ Mail on Sunday

‘The amalgamation of personal recollection and scientific history makes a luminous, inspiring book’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Uncle Tungsten is really about the raw joy of scientific understanding; what it is like to be a precocious child discovering the alchemical secrets of reality for the first time: the sheer thrill of finding intelligible patterns in nature’ Guardian







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681193658001
ISBN 13 /9780330523660
ISBN 10 /033052366X
EAN /9780330523660

頁數250
裝訂平裝
級別
語言英文




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